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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Central London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The course

Documentary stories are being told in cinemas, on TV, in galleries, on tablets and on mobile phones. Whether you want to make a non-fiction feature film, podcast, or 360° project, there are boundless ways to bring your documentary idea to life. Creative technologies are constantly evolving, exposing new content to fresh audiences. The gap between the idea and your final film has never been so small. At Royal Holloway we nurture a talented new generation of creative and innovative non-fiction directors, producers, cinematographers and editors.

Whether your aim is to make a high-end feature documentary or a no budget short, this is your opportunity to receive expert advice from industry leaders who will help you shape your story and find your audience and platform. Key Skills you will learn:

  • How to develop documentary stories which are truly multi genre and multi platform.
  • How to bring your documentary story to life, with or without funds
  • How to innovate and experiment
  • Edit technique and shaping your story
  • Strategies for finding your vision and audience
  • Advanced technical skills in camera, sound recording and editing
  • New contacts and ideas for raising finance
  • Pitching your idea to commissioning editors
  • Different funding routes, from traditional broadcast to DIY options
  • Advice on distribution, marketing and networking
  • Knowledge and understanding of a new world of exciting non-fiction content.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including project work, photo essays and written production papers.

This MA Digital Documentary is 100% practice. Throughout this twelve month course you will create interesting projects in the medium of either film, audio-only or 360/Virtual Reality, as well as giving presentations. Part of your final assessment will also include the creation of a Director’s Website, which will stand as a fantastic showcase for your productions after you graduate. You can look forward to receiving an exciting programme of discussions, exercises, technical workshops, development labs, talks and screenings. The whole course is tailored to develop your storytelling skills and challenge your creativity.

Your future career

Our students have gone onto become award winning Directors, Editors, Animators, Producers and Commissioners . Recent graduates have been nominated for and won many awards, including The London International Film Festival, BBC Storyville, International Women’s Film Festival, Open City Docs, CineGlobe, The One World Media Award and an EMMY.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 18,300per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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Royal Holloway, University of London

  • University League Table

    32nd

  • Campus address

    Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, England

International students will find themselves in a diverse community: students from more than 125 countries live and study at Royal Holloway.
The university welcomes and supports international students. Its dedicated team can help with any questions students may have about studying in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 103 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    148 78%

    15th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%

    18th

    27
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%

    62nd

    7

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